Most people will experience neck and/or back pain at some point in their lifetime. Potential causes of spine pain include but are not limited to poor posture, muscle strains, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, arthritis, scoliosis, fractures, degenerative joint diseases, whiplash, and other trauma. As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, symptoms of neck and back pain vary a great deal. Your pain might be dull, burning, or sharp. You might feel it at a single point or over a broad area. It might be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness. Sometimes, it might spread into one or both arms or legs.
How can physical therapy help?
First a physical therapist will perform a comprehensive examination to better understand your individual health history and to get a thorough understanding of your symptoms. Our examination will also allow us to assess the quality of your movement as well as your range of motion, strength, posture, and other factors that may be contributing to your pain. Then we will initiate a personalized treatment program which can include corrective exercises, targeted strengthening or flexibility activities, manual treatment techniques, and education for how to best manage your pain. Finally, tips and strategies will be provided to help you prevent recurrence of your pain.